A mother of five who earned €20,000 selling dangerous and illegal tanning injections which she advertised on Facebook, has been spared a jail sentence.
Dublin District Court heard she earned the money selling Melanotan II injections which are "not for human consumption" and banned in Europe and the US.
Anne Marie McAleer (33), of Bridgeview Apartments, Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, was fined €4,000 yesterday after she pleaded guilty to nine counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act for unlawfully importing, advertising and selling Melanotan II injections, as well as diet tablets, which were also classified as a medicinal product.
She was prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority, which oversees compliance with laws on medicinal products.
McAleer was offering Melanotan II, which was administered by injection usually in the abdomen, and has the effect of sparking melanin and results in tanning. The court heard the practice was unsafe, as only doctors or dentists can administer medicines by injection.
One sample vial seized from her home was furnished to the judge and the court heard it was labelled "not for human consumption, for industrial purposes only".
During a search of her home, empty vials of Melanotan II were found.
She charged about €50 per vial and her bank accounts showed that over eight months she earned €20,000.
The court heard that McAleer had no prior criminal convictions, and that she was sorry, and had never been in trouble before. She was given six months to pay the fine.
Judge John Brennan noted she had no prior convictions but said the offence was very serious.